Komodo Dragon

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Monday, December 24, 2007

The Komodo dragon, native to Indonesia, is the largest living lizard in
the world. In the wild large adults tend to weigh around 70kg (154
pounds). Captive specimens often weigh more. The largest verified
specimen was 3.13 metres (10 feet 3 inches) long and weighed 166kg (365
pounds), including undigested food.

Their prey is wide ranging,
and includes wild pigs, goats, deer, and water buffaloes. In the wild
they have also been observed to eat other smaller dragons. Occasionally
they have been known to eat humans and human corpses. The serrations
along their teeth are an ideal niche for over 50 strains of bacteria.
If the initial bite does not kill the prey, and it escapes, the deadly
infections caused by the bacteria living in the dragon's teeth kill the
prey within a week.

The Komodo dragon is an endangered species (appx. there are 6000) and is found on the IUCN Red List.

National Park in Indonesia includes three larger islands Komodo, Rinca
and Padar. The islands are of volcanic origin. Within its area there
are living about 4000 inhabitants. In 1991 the national park was
accepted as World Heritage by the UNESCO.
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